It’s been nine years — exactly — since Black Friday, the worst day in poker history. April 15, 2011 — the online poker in the US changed forever on that Friday morning. The main sites had been taken over by the US Department of Justice.Since that disgrace day, online poker has changed drastically, and widely, not for the good.For those who lived through the “boom” and pre-Black Friday rise of online poker in the U.S., it’s hard to believe how long ago it has been.
All the famous high-stakes players such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Tom Dwan promoted online card rooms and as a result of these efforts , top sites had thousands of USA players.
On Black Friday, everything changed and it was forever. The poker rooms most were charged for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIEGA), a 2006 law additional charges of bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling.Players visiting the sites’ were greeted with notices appearing under the FBI and DOJ seals.Internet gambling sites were not allowed to legally process payments from customers.The legal action forced all of the major online poker sites out of the United States.
Since Black Friday, only four states — New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, and Pennsylvania — have legalized and licensed online poker sites.There are numerous players trust few unregulated sites and earn a decent living by playing. Many other states have pushed for internet gambling legislation in recent years.Michigan passed a bill to legalize online poker earlier this year, and is expected to launch poker sites in 2021.Even if the lawmakers get convinced to legalize online poker,still it is going to be a long process to create and set up regulations in advance of new sites becoming available to players.